SUPER EXCLUSIVE: BURBERRY CUSTOMIZED WINDOWS ONLY @ ANTONIA TO CELEBRATE THE 'REISSUED' CAPSULE
SEE-AND-WEAR: A UNIQUE ARCHIVAL MOMENT
For a straight-off-the-runway privilege, Antonia Milano is among a handful of selected retailers worldwide to carry the exclusive Burberry capsule collection of “Reissued” archival pieces presented on Saturday as part of Christopher Bailey’s farewell show for the storied British brand.
Alongside the main F/W 2018-19 collection that strutted down the runway, Bailey created a series of reissue from the Eighties and Nineties when the name was still Burberrys. Vintage yet totally now, the unisex capsule spotlights Burberry’s signature plaid and the Rainbow check, the latest iteration of the house’s most defining pattern, designed as part of Bailey’s dedication of his last collection to LGBTQ+ communities. Alternatively, the checks appear in the shape of wool scarves, baseball caps, shirts, slides, shirts, plasticized bucket bags and, needless to say, on the trench, the house specialty par excellence.
In a worldwide exclusive, Antonia is the only retailer to boast a dedicated window display running from Feb. 19-23. Circular and graphic customized sculptures stand out against a patchwork of shredded fantasy and tartan wallpaper, highlighting each piece with standout inventiveness.
Emotional as all goodbye shows are, over 1300 guests, fans and friends, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Chelsea Clinton, Naomi Watts, Michelle Dockery, Naomie Harris, Lily James and Daphne Guinness, flocked to the Dimco Buildings venue where Bailey held his swan-song show after 17 years as Creative Director. Called ‘Time’, it was presented against a multisensory installation that forms part of a new collaboration with United Visual Artists (UVA).
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to - and in support of - some of the best and brightest organizations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world. There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength, and our creativity,” said Bailey.
On the runway, a gaggle of models from the past and today such as Adwoa Aboah, Jean Campbell, Montell Martin and Edie Campbell – who appeared in her first Burberry campaign in 2006 – donned the clothes, a mash-up of periods, elements and designs. Cara Delevingne, discovered by Bailey over seven years ago, closed the show and led the finale as models walked under a spectrum of rainbow laser lights.
During his successful tenure at Burberry, Bailey transformed a dormant and over-exposed heritage brand into a multibillion-dollar business whose collections wooed a cult following seeking that cool Brit edge and attitude which he delivered to stellar status by injecting new life into Burberry’s most distinctive features.